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Join Date: May 2010
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
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One thing that hasn't really been mentioned yet is responsiveness. It's hard to describe until you've experienced the difference, but a cheap binding made of cheap materials will flex and make your ride feel "mushy". Kind of like driving a car where there's a lot of play in the steering wheel. Cheap bindings will also almost always have little or no padding on the highback and base. I know it seems silly to worry about 1/4" of padding when you've got boots on, but it makes a difference. Then there's construction quality issues that affect things like breakage, how well the rachets work, how well they hold, etc. And features. Like my NXT-ATs have a removable plate under the foot that covers the base plate bolts. Or the mechanism for altering highback lean. The mechanism on the Flow Fives sucks, but the one on the NXTs is great.
Anyway, generally it's not one thing you can point at; it's a whole bunch of little things that add up to a binding that you just like better.
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